THE GREEN ADVANTAGE OF HARDWOOD
With concerns about the earth's environment on everyone's mind,the following is information to help you understand just how “green" hardwoods are.
Nature's Quintessential Green Material
The Federal Government's Executive Order 13423 states that "sustainable means to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans."
In 2008, the US Forest Service reported that the volume of American hardwood is 90% larger than it was just 50 years ago and nearly twice as much hardwood grows as is harvested every year.
American hardwoods are abundant and self-regenerating and for centuries have been providing beauty, warmth and functional value for floors, furniture, moldings, millwork and cabinetry. The very definition of sustainability!
This article was reprinted with permission from the American Hardwood Information Center, out of the Hardwood manufacturers Association. Find this and more information at Hardwood Information
Did You Know!?
That most of the furniture made today uses substitute materials such as particleboard. Because particleboard is made from wood fragments bonded with resin, it is considered an all wood product BUT IT IS NOT solid wood.
To confuse the consumer even further, the stain or finishes used on the particle board furniture will have names like "burnished wild oak" or "rich brown cherry". This gives the consumer the idea that the wood is either oak or cherry! So when shopping for your furniture don't be afraid to ask the question...What kind of "solid wood" is this actually made of?
At the Amish Furniture House, every piece of furniture is made of SOLID Oak, Cherry, Maple, Hickory or Quartersawn Oak.